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Fisheries biologist Diana to lead Michigan Sea Grant

Fisheries biologist Jim Diana has been named the new director of the Michigan Sea Grant College Program, a joint program of U-M and Michigan State University. The appointment is effective March 1.

Diana, professor of natural resources and environment, has studied the behavior and ecology of temperate fishes for three decades. He joined the U-M faculty in 1979. He has received numerous professional honors, and is the author of more than 70 scientific publications and reports.

"Jim Diana is the ideal person to be the next director of Michigan Sea Grant," says David Allan, acting dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). "Jim is a highly regarded fisheries biologist with extensive knowledge of the Great Lakes and the challenges we all face."

Diana replaces aquatic ecologist Donald Scavia, who earlier this year was named director of the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

"It is my privilege to be asked to lead a program like Michigan Sea Grant, which has a goal of developing scientific knowledge and applying it to improve the livelihood of local people and the quality of their environment," Diana says.

Throughout his career, Diana has worked extensively with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He is past president of the North Central Division and the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and is the 2006 recipient of their Justin W. Leonard Award of Excellence for his contributions to fisheries education, research and management in Michigan.

Diana's primary research interest has focused on the ecology of natural fishes, particularly pike and muskellunge. In addition, his research interests include a focus on aquaculture, its role in feeding the world, especially in developing countries and its impact on the environment.

"Michigan Sea Grant is a key component of the University of Michigan's environmental research infrastructure," says Stephen Forrest, vice president of research. "We are excited that someone with Jim Diana's academic credentials and managerial expertise is driving Michigan Sea Grant's future."

In addition to his new position at Michigan Sea Grant, Diana will retain a 50 percent faculty appointment including teaching and research with SNRE.

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